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Case Name EEOC v. ASTRA U.S.A., INC. EE-MA-0002
Docket / Court 4:98-cv-40014-NMG ( D. Mass. )
State/Territory Massachusetts
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In February 1998, the New York District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against pharmaceutical firm Astra USA Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts alleging discrimination on the basis of sex and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. ... read more >
In February 1998, the New York District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against pharmaceutical firm Astra USA Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts alleging discrimination on the basis of sex and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears from the consent decree, summary and press release that the defendant was accused of permitting a sexually hostile work environment and retaliating against parties reporting or objecting to the behavior. Following some discovery, the parties settled the lawsuit in May 2001 through a consent decree.

The two-year decree, containing an agreement not to discriminate or retaliate, required the defendant to: report complaints and make other compliance reports to the EEOC, allow access to an outside consultant for monitoring, follow certain promotion protocols, post and distribute notice of employee rights, provide EEO training to managers, supervisors and sales representatives, and pay $9,850,000 to an unspecified number of only female complainants due to the scope of the complaint.

Daisy Manning - 04/21/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Astra U.S.A., Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1999 - 2001
Case Closing Year 1999
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Written: Mar. 01, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
4:98-cv-40014-NMG (D. Mass.) 05/22/2001
EE-MA-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
"Astra USA Agrees to Provide $10 Million to Victims of Discrimination" [Press Release] 02/05/1998
EE-MA-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree [and Order] 02/05/1998 (1998 WL 80324) (D. Mass.)
EE-MA-0002-0004.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Memorandum & Order 05/20/1999 (1999 WL 342043 / 1999 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 7794) (D. Mass.)
EE-MA-0002-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Case Summary 06/04/2007
EE-MA-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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